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Interview:
Anita Baker May Have Book In Her Future
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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After more than two decades of rapture, Anita Baker may soon be caught up in writing — book writing, that is.

A publisher has offered the Grammy-winning Detroit songstress the opportunity to pen her autobiography, although no deal has been signed or timetable set for the endeavor.

“It’s not like my little life has been boring,” says Baker, who lives in Grosse Pointe with her husband and their two sons, ages 13 and 12. “I think that hearing about my family and the way I came up. ... It’s pretty extraordinary.

“So I’m looking forward to (writing the book), but it’s just an offer at this point. I was excited when I got my first production budget for the ‘Rapture’ record (in 1986), but I was so excited, I got paralyzed! So we’ll see what happens.”

Baker also knows her fans want a new album — and they don’t want to wait the 10 years it took her to put out “My Everything” in 2004 (she also released “Christmas Fantasy” last year). Baker has no intention of another long gap; “I can’t afford to do that,” she says. “I’m 48 years old; the odds are working against me these days for those long hiatus periods.” But, she adds, there’s no new album on the drawing board yet, either. “I want to do some more music, but I don’t want to force it,” says Baker, who recorded a version of “Something” from “West Side Story” for saxophonist Dave Koz’s upcoming album, “At the Movies.” “I want to be excited about it, and I want it to be something that comes organically, that I can get fired up about.

“That usually happens during the down time, so I’m sure that once we come off the road, things’ll start to move a little faster. But you know me; I can only do one thing at a time.”

Anita Baker performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (July 22nd) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $65 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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